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Paul Skinner, Ph.D., soil scientist and proprietor of Terra Spase, Inc., in Napa Valley, has announced that a subset of weather data contained in his Weather and Wine Grapes in the Napa Valley AVA report has been purchased for use by climate scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, CA. The data set will be used to refine climate models to take into account the marine layer influence on grape growing in California’s north coast premium wine-grape growing regions. A detailed description of the influence of the marine layer on grape growing is contained within this Terra Spase report.
Co-founders Joel Quigley and Cailyn McCauley announced today the launch of Creative Furnace, a public relations, event production and cross-promotional firm specializing in marketing communications strategies for the wine, music, fashion and lifestyle industries. Creative Furnace is based in Santa Rosa, California, in the heart of Northern California wine country.
Glenn Mattsson has announced the launch of Nussivo Engineering Consultants. Nussivo will provide consulting services to manufacturing companies in the North Bay.
A new two-piece molded pulp suspension system for shipping wine bottles not only passes UPS drop tests but is considered “eco-friendly.” It uses 100 percent post-consumer content with much less material than other molded pulp wine shoppers, making it less expensive to produce – about half the cost.
Drea Helfer announced that she established DH Wine Compliance. Helfer is known for her work at two of the largest wine compliance firms in Northern California. "She has licensed hundreds of west coast wineries, importers, wholesalers and retailers. Her expertise extends to all aspects of compliance including federal label approvals, out-of-state licensing, direct-to-consumer licensing, brand registration, operational reporting, and consulting. For the past four years, Drea has specialized in California and Federal licensing. She has also bonded wineries outside of California and handled varied ABC retail license projects."
Every year at harvest time, a plane with a multispectral camera flies over the vineyards of the award-winning Ste. Michelle Wine Estates to capture detailed images of 3,500 acres of grapes in Washington and Oregon. This aerial imagery is delivered in hundreds of 20-acre blocks and then georeferenced in ESRI's ArcView software, using a Wacom DTZ-2100 interactive pen display.
AstraPouch, a new packaging solution that has seen recent use in Europe and Australia, is launching in North America and will be featured at AWS Prospero’s booth at the upcoming Unified Wine & Grape Symposium.
After a two-decade career in winery finance that includes tenures as president and CFO of Kuleto Estate, CFO of Rosenblum Cellars and Sonoma-Cutrer, and director of operations & finance for Arrowood (Robert Mondavi), Timothy Allen, CPA has founded St Helena Winery Accounting & Finance LLP, a full-service wine industry accounting and finance firm based in St Helena (www.allenwine.com). Focusing on small and mid-size wineries, St Helena Winery Accounting & Finance will provide a complete outsourced accounting and finance service for its clients, including financial and cost accounting, financial reporting, budgets & forecasting, treasury management, and bank relations. Allen began his career in 1992 at the CPA firm of Deloitte & Touche, where he specialized in the wine industry before becoming the controller for La Crema (Kendall-Jackson). In 1997, Allen was named controller and then CFO for Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards, a position he held until joining Robert Mondavi Winery in 2002. Most recently, Allen was the CFO for Rosenblum Cellars and the president and CFO of Kuleto Estate. In both roles, Allen shepherded the successful sale of each winery, after dramatically cutting costs and improving profitability. The unique business model for St Helena Winery Accounting & Finance is designed to offer a turnkey accounting and finance solution for its winery clients. “We provide a complete accounting and finance department exclusively to wineries, from accounts payable and payroll through forecasting, bank and CFO work,” says Allen. “Our model allows the winery to focus on wine production and sales & marketing. Not only does our company give its clients decades of best-practices industry experience, we also integrate accounting and reporting from start to finish, and we have excellent relationships with the key industry banks. We eliminate the need for the winery’s own accounting & finance department. Our model gives our clients more financial reporting and performance for less money than if they hired their own staff.” St Helena Winery Accounting & Finance LLP serves the California, Oregon and Washington wine industry areas.
Saint-Gobain Containers Inc., a leading producer of glass containers for the food and beverage industries in the United States, has pledged to reduce its total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 16 percent per ton of formed and finished glass by 2012. This pledge was made as part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Climate Leaders program, which Saint-Gobain Containers joined earlier this year.
Consumers who participate in Safe Haven’s ShipSmart Passport simply fill out the passport, which is located at wineries, hotels, and safehavenwineservices.com, and then fax it or send in the information online, it's that easy. Safe Haven picks up wine orders at no charge, consolidates, and ships to consumers. Instead of many small deliveries arriving from various wineries at different times, consumers pay for and receive one consolidated delivery.
Champagne bottles will be popping all over the UK this week as millions of Brits celebrate the arrival of the New Year. To help ensure the country can continue to enjoy that familiar “pop, fizz” sound while doing their bit for the environment, Sainsbury’s has announced that it is to become the first retailer to make all its cork closures are certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council.
The Nielsen Company, the world’s largest provider of media and consumer information and analytics, and Catalina Marketing Corporation, the global leader in consumer-driven print communications, today announced they have formed Nielsen Catalina Ventures to create the next generation of precision media solutions and return on investment (ROI) measurement tools to allow consumer packaged goods (CPG) and media companies to more effectively link the marketing exposures consumers see with what products they actually buy.
NAPA, CA – Lafitte Cork and Capsule is proud to announce that it has recently received the Cool California Small Business Excellence Award which was established to recognize small California businesses (with less than 100 employees) and organizations that have demonstrated leadership and made notable, voluntary achievements towards reducing their climate impact.
Press Release - San Francisco CA, December 17, 2009 - A panel of fourteen leaders from across the wine industry offered their recommendations to Australia, UK, and US-based representatives of technical wine closure producer Diam on how to structure a major research study that will provide the first quantitative data on the level of bottle variation among the best-selling wines in the United States.
Inertia Beverage Group has secured $14 million in new capital, from existing investors Allegis Capital and Sid R. Bass Associates, and new investors, including PEI Funds “to support the vision of IBG to deliver a fully integrated, comprehensive solution for the direct-to-market wine industry.”


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